courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
Unless you paid special attention to this weekend’s Washington Post magazine, you probably missed the opening of the 2010 Peeps Diorama Contest. This will be the contest’s 4th year, and I can’t wait to see all of this year’s entries.
If you’re interested in entering, the first step is to brainstorm ideas and come up with a historic, current, or future occurrence and/or a pop culture related concept. You know an idea that is comprehensible by more than just you and your tight knit group of friends.
Then construct your diorama, keeping to the shoebox sized regulations, snap two high-resolution JPEG photos and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 1, at 11:59 p.m. Continue reading
Blue Angel by M.V. Jantzen
I love Peeps. The delicious tiny birds and bunnies come in a variety of pastel colors, have emotionless expressions on their cute, little squishy faces, and have become an integral part of our Easter celebrations. Hell, even if you don’t celebrate Easter, it’s still fun to stuff these fluffy blobs of sugar in your face, chewing on their boneless, chemical-laden bodies. They’re completely harmless unless you’re a diabetic or are trying to watch your weight…or until they decide to kill you. Sometimes it’s those that you least suspect who can cause the most amount of harm, and in this case it appears to be a giant blue Peep. Revenge is sweet.
In all seriousness, the Peeps that you have no doubt noticed invading our city are the work of local street artist, DIABETIK. These wheat pastings started cropping up during the winter and have been multiplying like, um, rabbits. Along with the bitten Peeps you may have noticed other distressed treats such as broken gingerbread men and melted ice cream cones. I wonder what’s next for DIABETIK? Cupcakes that have been stepped on? Jolly Ranchers covered in ants? No matter what crops up, be on the lookout for mistreated treats looking for revenge, for you may be their next victim.
‘102/365 Peep Starry Night’
courtesy of ‘Mykl Roventine’
The much-anticipated winner and finalists for the Washington Post’s 3rd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest were announced yesterday, Easter Sunday. This year’s winner was a re-imagining of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” (you know, that ubiquitous 1940s moody diner painting) entitled “NightPeeps.” The artist is Melissa Harvey, 44, of Arlington, whose day job is as a graphic designer for WETA.
Of the other brilliant finalists my favorites are the M.C. Escher tribute, the Dexter shoutout and the Georgetown Cupcake lovefest. Which do you like best? It’s must be incredibly hard to judge these though, considering the amount of time and sheer cleverness of some of the dioramas. Maybe next year WaPo should host a science fair-esque show with the displays. They can call it PeepShow. (Cue: knee-slapping laughter. Anyone?)